The Witness (March 12th – 20th)

SERVICES AND EVENTS
Saturday, March 12, 6:15 
Memorial Saturday Panikhida 6:30pm Vespers
Sunday, March 13, 9am Matins 10am Divine Liturgy
Wednesday, March 16, 6:15pm Presanctified Liturgy followed by Lenten Meal 
Friday, March 18, 7am Presanctified Liturgy
Saturday, March 19, 10am Baptism of John and Maria Goshorn-Maroney 6:30pm Reader Vesper
Sunday, March 20, 9am Matins 10am Divine Liturgy

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers 
is Sunday March 13, 5pm at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Carmel.
Confession Sign Up is online https://tinyurl.com/38pwa783 or on bulletin board. Lenten Meal Sign Up: https://tinyurl.com/msrzxff9
Soccer League Sign Up (please sign up by March 19): https://tinyurl.com/2p8jettb “Thinking Orthodox” 
book study this Thursday, March 17 7:30pm on zoom.
Save the Date Dr. Jeannie Constantinou will be speaking at St. Stephens on the theme “Thinking Orthodox” on June 11. More info to come.
Birthdays: Kristin Boruff (3/18)
Names Days: Sdn. Patrick (Wesley) Vickery, Patrick Daron (3/17 St. Patrick of Ireland)

Tone 5 Troparion (Resurrection)
Let us, the faithful, praise and worship the Word, co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit,
born for our salvation from the Virgin;
for He willed to be lifted up on the Cross in the flesh, to endure death,
and to raise the dead//
by His glorious Resurrection.

Tone 2 Troparion (Sunday of Orthodoxy)
We venerate Your most pure image, O Good One;
and ask forgiveness of our transgressions, O Christ our God.
Of Your own will You were pleased to ascend the Cross in the flesh and deliver Your creatures from bondage to the Enemy.
Therefore with thankfulness we cry aloud to You:
“You have filled all with joy, O our Savior,//
by coming to save the world.”

Tone 8 Kontakion (Sunday of Orthodoxy)
No one could describe the Word of the Father;
but when He took flesh from you, O Theotokos, He accepted to be described, and restored the fallen image to its former state by uniting it to divine beauty.// We confess and proclaim our salvation in words and images.

Tone 4 Prokeimenon (Song of the Fathers)
Blessed are You, O Lord God of our fathers, / and praised and glorified is Your

Name forever! (Song of the three Holy Children, v. 3)
V. For You are just in all that You have done for us! (v. 4)

Hebrews 11:24-26, 32-12:2 (Epistle)

By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin,esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward. And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets: who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.Women received their dead raised to life again. Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented – of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth. And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Tone 4

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

V. Moses and Aaron were among His priests; Samuel also was among those who called on His Name. (Ps. 98:6)V. They called to the Lord and He answered them.

John 1:43-51 (Gospel)

The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and He found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote – Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” And Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!” Nathanael said to Him, “How do You know me?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” Nathanael answered and said to Him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered and said to him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” And He said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”

(Instead of “It is truly meet…,” we sing the following)

Hymn to the Theotokos

All of creation rejoices in you, O Full of Grace: the assembly of angels and the race of men.
O sanctified temple and spiritual paradise, the glory of virgins,

from whom God was incarnate and became a Child –
our God before the ages.
He made your body into a throne,
and your womb He made more spacious than the heavens. All of creation rejoices in you, O Full of Grace.

Glory to you!

Communion Hymn

Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest! (Ps. 148:1) Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous; praise befits the just! (Ps. 32:1) Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!